Here is a read on Filipino pool player Efren Bata Reyes, aka The Magician, from Time Magazine’s November 13, 2006 issue – “60 Years of Asian Heroes”. Time Magazine’s special anniversary issue pays tribute to the remarkable men and women who have shaped these times. It’s an interesting read, friends! And I kid you not!
And without further ado, here is the article in its entirety. Enjoy!
Pool isn’t merely a beer-hall amusement
– it’s a path to the top
by Bob Guerrero
Crime, entertainment or professional sport are the more traditional paths followed by those seeking an escape from poverty. Thankfully for the
At the age of nine, Reyes began hustling for pesos at a pool hall owned by his uncle. Forty-two years later, he would collect the richest prize the game had ever seen - $500,000 in the International Pool Tour (IPT) World 8 Ball Championship in
These qualities have earned Reyes the kind of adulation normally reserved for film stars. He has even featured in advertising campaigns by the likes of McDonald’s and San Miguel Beer. But if there’s one thing the man has been advertising since the day he first picked up a cue, it’s this: the odds-defying ability of a poor Pinoy to parlay hard work, skill and guile into fame, fortune and respect.
As a young Filipina who has been seeking real heroes for a long time, I could not have been more delighted when I saw four of my countrymen in TIME's "60 Years of Asian Heroes" [Nov. 13]. We have had heroes and will have more, despite the political and economic quagmire in the
"THE KID: Efren Reyes' ability made him unstoppable;
his character made him beloved."
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